Some Recent Papers

Below are some recent papers by members of the Research Program. We have also assembled abstracts arranged by academic year. For older papers, go here.

Papers on Cross-Cultural Management
Papers on Cybernetics and Systems Science
Papers in Foreign Languages
Papers on the Quality Improvement Priority Matrix
Papers on Service Learning
Papers on the Technology of Participation
Papers on World Population


Umpleby, Stuart, "Reviving the American Society for Cybernetics, 1980-1982" (Paper)  


Umpleby, Stuart, "Cybernetics: A General Theory that Includes Command and Control" (Paper)  

Umpleby, Stuart, "Intellectual Washington Today" (Paper)  

Umpleby, Stuart, "A Global Strategy for Human Development as an Example of Second Order Science" (Abstract) (Slides)  


Umpleby, Stuart, "Second Order Science: Logic, Strategies, Methods" (Paper) (Slides

Umpleby, Stuart, "Identifying a Philosophy and Methods for Second-Order Science" (Paper

Umpleby, Stuart, "The Social and Political Context of Science" (Paper

Umpleby, Stuart, "The Role of Cybernetics in Security Policy" (Paper


Umpleby, Stuart, "Second Order Cybernetics Then and Now "  (Abstract) (Slides) (Video) (pic1pic2pic3pic4pic5);

Umpleby, Stuart, "Second Order Science: The Effect on Business and Social Science Research" (Abstract) (Slides)

Umpleby, Stuart, "A General Theory of Regulation: Implications for Science Policy and Educational Policy" (Abstract) (Slides)


Umpleby, Stuart, "A Second Expansion of Science" (Slides) (Audio lecture)

Stuart Umpleby, Jerry Chandler, Allenna Leonard, Michael Lissack, Helmut Loeckenhoff, Tatiana Medvedeva, Leonie Solomons, "Science II: A Report from the 2012 IFSR Conversation" (Slides)

Umpleby, Stuart, "Service Learning as a Method of Instruction" (Paper)

Umpleby, Stuart, "Second Order Science: Logic, Strategies, Methods" (Abstract) (Slides) (Video)


Igor Dubina and Stuart Umpleby "A Quality Improvement Approach to Assessing an Organization’s Climate for Creativity and Innovation " (Paper)

Umpleby, Stuart, "Second Order Economics as an Example of Second Order Cybernetics" (Paper) (Slides)

Mark Notturno, Ieva Notturno, Igor Dubina, Rita Gevorgyan, Ia Jimshitashvili, Edgar Marzpanyan, Tatiana Medvedeva, Ia Natsvlishvili, Oltion Rrumbullaku, Gulmira Yeshmuratova, "The Future of Higher Education in Post Communist States: : Policy Possibilities for Public Discussion"(Report)


Umpleby, Stuart, "Science 2:  Is a Broader Conception of Science Still Science?" (Paper) (Slides)

Frank Anbari, Erzhen Khilkhanova, Maria Romanova, Mateo Ruggia, Han-Huei Tsay and Stuart Umpleby, "Cultural Differences in Projects" (Paper)

Umpleby, Stuart, "From Complexity to Reflexivity: The Next Step in the Systems Sciences" (Paper)

Umpleby, Stuart, "The Financial Crisis: What Happened and How We Need to Change our Thinking" (Paper)

Elizabeth Corona and Bradley Thomas, "A New Perspective on the Early History of the American Society for Cybernetics" (Paper)

Mark Notturno, Ieva Notturno, Ekaterine Bakaradze, Zlatko Bezovski, Perseta Grabova, Alkida Hasaj, Ana Jurcic, Marsel Kalemi, Ia Natsvlishvili and Ruzica Simic, "Teaching Methods: Policy Possibilities for Public Discussion" (Paper)

Stuart Umpleby, Min Cho, Mateo Ruggia and Arjan Qefalia, "The Shift of Cybernetics from The U.S. to Europe: Implications for Understanding The Financial Crisis" (Paper)


Frank Anbari, Erzhen Khilkhanova, Maria Romanova, Mateo Ruggia, Han-Huei Tsay and Stuart Umpleby, "Managing Cross Cultural Differences in Projects" (Paper)

Stuart Umpleby and Nikola Levkov, "How Service Learning is Conducted in a School of Business" (Published version)(Corrected version)

Vera Gushchina and Stuart Umpleby, "How Universities in Russia and the US are Working to Improve Quality" (English Paper) (Russian Paper)

Stuart Umpleby and Emil Nedev, "A Reflexive view of a Transdisciplinary Field: The Case of Cybernetics" (Slides)

Han-Huei Tsay, Mateo Ruggia and Stuart Umpleby, "Convergers and Divergers : A Dimension of Cultural Difference between the U.S. and Europe" (Paper)

Umpleby, Stuart, "Ross Ashby’s General Theory of Adaptive Systems" (Paper)

Umpleby, Stuart, "How Universities Can Aid the Transition" (Slides)

Rehab Choudhary, Abdur Choudhary, Stuart Umpleby, Farhab Choudhary, "An Analysis of the Modalities of Academic Globalization" (Paper)

Stuart Umpleby, Min Cho and Mateo Ruggia, "How Research in Cybernetics is Moving from North America to Europe and Other Regions" (Paper)

Stuart Umpleby, Konstantin Mekhonoshin and Zhelyu Vladimirov, "A Global University for a Global Village" (Paper)


Stuart A. Umpleby, " A Brief History of Cybernetics in The United States" (Paper)

Stuart Umpleby, "Russian-American Discussions of Cybernetics and Systems Science" (Slides)

Umpleby, Stuart, Asset Nussupov and Bulat Khusainov, "A Study of Economic Change in the Eurasian Economic Community Using Time Distance Analysis" (Paper)

Umpleby, Stuart and Gabriela Rakicevik, "Adopting Service-Learning in Universities around the World" (Paper) (Slides)


Umpleby, Stuart and Alisa Oyler, "A Global Strategy for Human Development: The Work of the Institute of Cultural Affairs." (Paper)

Umpleby, Stuart, "Reflexivity in Social Systems: The Theories of George Soros." (Paper)

Umpleby, Stuart, "Physical Relationships Among Matter, Energy and Information." (Paper) (Slides)

Umpleby, Stuart, "Management Cybernetics: A Tutorial." (Abstract) (Slides)


Umpleby, Stuart, "Academic Globalization." (Link)


Umpleby, Stuart A., "Ernst Von Glasersfeld’s Limerick." (Paper)


Espinosa, Angela and Stuart Umpleby, "Reflections on the New Agoras Project: A Report on a Fuschl Conversation." (Paper) (Slides)


Umpleby, Stuart A., Frank T. Anbari and Karl H. Mueller, "Highly Innovative Research Teams:  The Case of the Biological Computer Laboratory." (Paper)


Umpleby, Stuart, "Unifying Epistemologies by Combining World, Description and Observer." (Paper) (Slides)



Umpleby, Stuart, "Cybernetics." Prepared for the International Encyclopedia of Organization Studies. (Paper)

Umbleby, Stuart, "The Viable System Model." Prepared for the International Encyclopedia of Organization Studies. (Paper)

Umpleby, Stuart, "Two Methods for Increasing Faculty Governance in Universities: Transcript of an On-line Workshop." (Transcript)

Umpleby, Stuart, "Cybernetics as a Language for Interdisciplinary Communication."  (Abstract) (Slides)

Umpleby, Stuart, "Fundamentals and History of Cybernetics:  A Tutorial."  (Slides and exercises)

Tevdovski Dragon, Irina Naoumova, and Stuart Umpleby, "A Method for Designing Improvements in Organizations, Products, and Services." (Paper) (Appendix)

Umpleby, Stuart, "Quadrant Diagrams, Levels of Conceptualization and Requisite Variety." (Slides)

Dubina, Igor and Stuart Umpleby, "Agenda Setting and Improvement Monitoring in a University Department." (Paper)


Umpleby, Stuart,
and Lucy Lim, "The Spread of Management Ideas and Methods around the World." (Paper) (Slides)

Umpleby, Stuart, "How Graduate Students in Management do Projects with Local and International Organizations." (Paper)

Umpleby, Stuart, "A History of the Cybernetics Movement in the United States." (Paper)

Umpleby, Stuart, and
Pavel Makeyenko, "Using Email in International Student Group Projects." (Paper)


Medvedeva, Tatyana and Stuart Umpleby, "Four Methods for Describing Systems with Examples of How Management is Changing in the U.S. and Russia." (Paper)


Umpleby, Stuart, "What I learned from Heinz von Foerster about the Construction of Science." (Paper) (Figures)


Umpleby, Stuart and Irina Naoumova, "Comparing Priorities in an American Academic Department and a Russian Academic Department." (Short) (Long)


Umpleby, Stuart, "Religion, Communism, and Science as Conceptual Systems." (Slides)


Anbari, F.T., E.V. Khilkhanova, and M.V. Romanova, and S.A. Umpleby, "Cross Cultural Differences and their Implications for Managing International Projects." (Paper)

Umpleby, Stuart, "Heinz von Foerster and the Mansfield Amendment." (Paper)

Umpleby, Stuart and Aram Karapetyan, "How a Quality Improvement Priority Matrix Reveals Change in a University Department." (Short) (Long)

Umpleby, Stuart, Tatyana Medvedeva and Alisa Oyler, "The Technology of Participation as a Means of Improving Universities in Transitional Economies." (Paper)

Umpleby, Stuart and Svitlana Shandruk, "Transforming the Global University System into a Resource for Social Improvement." (Paper)

Angela Espinosa and Stuart Umpleby, "Reflections on the New Agoras Project:  A Report on a Fuschl Conversation" (Paper)
Tatiana Medvedeva and Stuart Umpleby, "A Method for Improving the Management of Organizations in Post-Communist Countries. " (Paper)


Umpleby, Stuart, "The Design of Intellectual Movements." (Paper) (Slides)

Umpleby, Stuart, "Organization of Regulation of the Global Economy." (Paper)

Umpleby, Stuart, "Should Knowledge of Management Be Organized as Theories or as Methods?" (Paper) (Slides)


Naoumova, Irina and Stuart Umpleby with Natalia Totskaya "Two Methods Useful for Starting a Quality Improvement Program." (Paper)

Umpleby, Stuart, "Creating and Sustaining a Quality Improvement Effort in a University." (Paper) (Photos)

Umpleby, Stuart, "Two Kinds of General Theories in Systems Science." (Paper)

Umpleby, Stuart, "What Comes After Second Order Cybernetics?" (Paper)

Medvedeva, Tatyana, and Stuart Umpleby, "Psychological Adjustment to Economic and Social Change." (Paper)


Umpleby, Stuart, "Knowledge Management from the Perspective of Systems Theory and Cybernetics." (Paper)

Buck John, Eric Dent, Stuart Umpleby, "Communicating Science: the Difficulty Introduced by the Historical Politics of the English Language." (Paper)

Umpleby, Stuart, "Coping with an Error in a Knowledge Society: The Case of the Year 2000 Computer Crisis." (Paper)


Umpleby, Stuart, "Y2K: An 'Autopsy' of Modern Society?" (Paper)

Umpleby, Stuart, "How the Year 2000 Computer Crisis Might Reenergize Systems Science." (Paper)

Umpleby, Stuart, "
Why We Missed The Year 2000 Computer Problem." (Paper)



Dent, Eric, and Umpleby, Stuart, "The Origins and Purposes of Several Traditions in Systems Theory and Cybernetics." (Paper)


Dent, Eric, and Umpleby, Stuart, "Underlying Assumptions of Several Traditions in Systems Theory and Cybernetics." (Paper)


Gouchthina, Vera and Umpleby, Stuart, "Identifying the Russian Cultural Constitution". (Paper)


Gouchthina, Vera and Umpleby, Stuart, "Will Russia Become An Industrial or A Post-Industrial Society?" (Paper)




Umpleby, Stuart and Pavel Makeyenko, "A Comparison of the Stability of the Socio-Economic Systems of the United States and Russia." (Paper)




Umpleby, Stuart, "Lefebvre and Kohlberg on Psychological Adjustment to Economic Change." (Paper)



Umpleby, Stuart, "Cybernetics of Conceptual Systems." (Paper)



Umpleby, Stuart, "The Historical Context of Total Quality Management" (Paper)

Vladimir S. Rapoport, Valeria Ryssina, Stuart A. Umpleby, and William E. Halal, "Managerial Personnel in the Commonwealth of Independent States" (Paper)


Umpleby, Stuart, "Mindwalk:  Systems Practice in Hollywood." (Paper)


Umpleby, Stuart, "Strategies for Winning Acceptance of Second Order Cybernetics." (Paper)

Umpleby, Stuart,"The Acceptance of Social Science." (Paper)

Umpleby, Stuart, "Limericks About Cybernetics" (Paper)


Umpleby, Stuart, "Comparing Conceptual Systems: A Strategy for Changing Values as well as Institutions." (Paper)


Umpleby, Stuart, "A Preliminary Inventory of Theories Available to Guide the Reform of Socialist Societies." (Paper)


Umpleby, Stuart A. "The Scientific Revolution in Demography." (Paper)


Umpleby, Stuart, "Methods for Community Development: The Work of the Institute of Cultural Affairs." (Web) (Paper)

Umpleby, Stuart, "The Science of Cybernetics and the Cybernetics of Science." (Paper)

Umpleby, Stuart, "Strategies for Regulating The Global Economy." (Paper)


Umpleby, Stuart, "World Population: Still Ahead of Schedule." (Paper)

Umpleby, Stuart, "Some Policy Implications of Lefebvre's Theory of Ethical Cognition." (Paper)

Umpleby, Stuart, "American and Soviet Discussions of the Foundations of Cybernetics and General System Theory." (Paper)

Umpleby, Stuart, "Science One and Science Two." (Paper)

Umpleby, Stuart, "Three Conceptions of Conversation." (Paper)


Umpleby, Stuart, "The International Network of Systems Theorists." (Article)

1975 & Earlier

Umpleby, Stuart, "On Making a Scientific Revolution." (Paper)

Umpleby, Stuart, "First Skirmishes in the Global Stuggle to Construct the Social Brain." (Paper)


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